12 days in Tokyo, Hakuba-mura & Yamanouchi-machi Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Hakuba-mura & Yamanouchi-machi Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Hakuba-mura & Yamanouchi-machi Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 25th (Sat), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hakuba Snow Sports School and Hakuba Jump Arena. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wadano no Mori Church, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 3°C and lows at -3°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yubatake, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Zenko-ji Temple
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kaede no Yakata and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Misuma Pond, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Ryuoo Ski Park ©
Ryuoo Ski Park
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 3rd (Mon), wander the streets of Odaiba and then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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